If your dryer seems to run fine, but it’s not making any heat, but it’s spinning the clothes and any other symptom seems fine, chances are that this part of your dryer with the heating coils has a break in it and we are going to take this off and take a look and I’ll show you what to do to fix your dryer without buying a new one, according to Las Vegas Appliance Masters (www.lasvegasappliancemasters.com), if that’s the case. Before I take this piece out, I am going to vacuum out all the dust and before you even do anything, always make sure you unplug your dryer.
This holds a nasty amount of electricity and you will die if you touch those, it’s definitely enough to kill you. Okay. Looking at it now with the dust off, you can see there is a heat sensor here and a heat sensor here. And here is the connector for the element, so I am going to take this off and this will open up, wiggle it out and here you can see that these coils operate just the same as a toaster or an oven or even a light bulb. The electric current that goes through here, the coil offers resistance, it glows red hot and heats the air and that’s how it works.
So if you are getting zero heat at all, it could definitely be that there is a break on this coil somewhere. You can test it by hooking up a multimeter to these leads which is what we are going to do now. Okay. I have my multimeter here and it’s set to 200 Ohms, that’s what that little symbol means there of resistance or you can even set it to this setting or if your multimeter has a little tone setting, that means that when you touch the leads together, it makes a noise.
You can see here, I touch the leads and it changes the display. So we are going to hook this up here on these two leads and it’s got a good connection there, so we know this is good. If your display didn’t change, then you know that there is a break in here. You can get a multimeter like this for under ten dollars, shipping included on Ebay, just in case you don’t have one, very handy to have.
This is the bottom of the barrel as quality goes, but for tests like this they are great to have. Assuming there is a break in yours, I will show you one little trick you can do. It might work if the break is in the right spot. This trick I’ve learned when I used to have an electric kiln, if there is a break in the coils you can attach them together with a nut and a bolt and a couple of washers and it works great.
Especially if you have washers with a little bit of grip to them, those ones that are ridged and they will hold it and it will work perfectly and hopefully that will save you some time and money from buying a new one. One last tip, when you are putting this all back together, don’t tighten the screws all the way. Put them all in and once they are all in, then fully tighten them. That way it will save you a big hassle, try to align it up into each little screw hole as you go.